Rwanda Artisans Weaving a Better Life Story | #GiftingStories

This holiday season, we're celebrating stories of artisans overcoming poverty by sharing their culture. #GiftingStories

#GiftingStories — A Better Story for Rwanda Weavers

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For most families from extreme poverty situations, there is little hope of ever overcoming poverty. But in Rwanda, there are several co-ops who refuse to live the story of poverty. Here's how they are defeating poverty by preserving a cultural craft passed down for generations.

Ancient Craft of Basket Weaving Creates Jobs

We all have dreams of what our life stories will look like. But few westerners would articulate that dream in the way a co-op in Rwanda does,

"We hope that in the future, every member [of our co-op] will own her own home with running water and electricity."

The women of the Duteraninkunga Cooperative hope to accomplish this dream through sharing the ancient Rwandan craft of basket weaving. And their story is already changing: through the fair trade wages provided by Azizi Life (a partner of Jesus' Economy), now the weavers can afford to go to the doctor when someone in their family is ill; they also have the resources to send their children to school. On, your holiday shopping tells a better story: you get to be part of a story like this one.

Constellation Baskets by Duteraninkunga

A Woman's Vision to Transform Her Community

One co-op from Rwanda began with a woman who had a desire to help people in her community live a better story than poverty. To do so, Immaculee Nyiramuhakwa invited a group of other impoverished women to learn to weave. More than 15 years later, the Abaharaniriterambere Cooperative has 26 women and 2 men creating functional household items from banana tree leaves and stalks.

Azizi Life, partner of Jesus' Economy, represents over 400 artisans from 25 independent artisan groups (co-ops) like Abaharaniriterambere Cooperative. This is the story of online commerce empowering artisans to overcome poverty.

Banana Leaf Nesting Tray Set by Abaharaniriterambere


Be Part of a Better Story for Rwanda Artists

It is difficult to overstate how much gifts from an online Fair Trade Shop, like, changes the lives of impoverished artisans. When you gift handmade products from, you're part of a better story for impoverished families.

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Every gift from comes with a story to share ... of lives being transformed through craftculture, and a new type of commerce

Be part of the story of artisans defeating poverty. Let your holiday shopping tell a story. #GiftingStories

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Kalene Barry
Kalene Barry


Chief Projects Officer of Jesus' Economy